This is a transcription of the gravestones found in the Rudolph Hill Cemetery in Gordonsville, Alabama.
The article provides a biographical account of Captain Joel H. Rainer, the president of the Merchants & Farmers’ bank of Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama. It details his early life, marriages, and business ventures, including his time in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. The article notes his numerous business interests, including his directorship in cotton mills and insurance companies, and his public service in the legislature and national democratic convention. Captain Rainer is portrayed as a self-made man, rising from poverty through hard work, business acumen, and integrity.
Col. Charles S. G. Doster is a native of Autauga county, Alabama, and its oldest lawyer. His father, Absalom Doster, was born in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, 1796, and his mother, Mrs. Sarah (Alexander) Doster, in Greene county, Georgia, in 1806. Absalom Doster received a fine English education when young, and at the age of sixteen was taken by his parents to Georgia, and in 1818 came with them to Autauga county, Alabama, where he engaged in merchandising at old Washington, then the oldest town in this part of the state. He was married in 1822, and continued in the …